Author Robert Jordan, whose Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, has died of a rare blood disease, his aide said Monday. He was 58.
Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his personal assistant, Maria Simons, said.
I started reading the Wheel of Time about 12 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the first four or five books. My interest wavered over the next couple of books, and I bailed on the series in the middle of either book 9 or book 10. At 750-1000 pages each, I just didn’t have reading time available to keep up.
Lately, however, I’ve been thinking of the series and wondering if I should give it another go. Since I don’t really have the time to read the remaining books, let alone re-read the earlier ones to refresh my memory of what’s going on, two weeks ago I decided that I’d try listening to them on audiobook. Last week I actually downloaded the first book to my player, but now it appears that the 12th and final book will have to be completed by someone else.
Jordan apparently had made arrangements for the series to be completed in the event he didn’t manage it himself.
Any WoT fans out there?